Rahul Gandhi takes a U-turn, says Sabarimala row of serious nature

Rahul Gandhi takes a U-turn, says Sabarimala row of serious nature
Rahul Gandhi

Dubai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken a U-turn on his stance over the Sabarimala row, stating that it was an emotional issue of serious nature.

The Congress chief had earlier said young women should be allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple.

Speaking at a press meet in Dubai on Saturday, Rahul said he came to know about the gravity of the situation only after talking to Kerala leaders.

“There is truth in both sides. It was not possible to take a unilateral stand on the Sabarimala issue. That's why I left the it for the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee leaders to decide.”

The Congress leader had welcomed the September 28 Supreme Court order lifting the ban on entry of women of child-bearing age into the Lord Ayyappa Temple. Two women - Kanakadurga and Bindu – had entered the Sabarimala temple on January 2.

The BJP and several saffron outfits had carried out widespread protests across the state against the LDF government's decision to implement the SC order. The Congress leadership in Kerala had also organised protests. But the Congress leaders in Kerala found themselves cornered after former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi reportedly admonished the party MPs who wanted to wear 'black badges' inside the Parliament as a symbolic protest against the entry of two women into Sabarimala.

The CPM leadership was quick to point out that the Congress-led UDF was adopting a stand against the AICC's views on the issue.

Rahul Gandhi's latest statement assumes significance in this backdrop.

Immediately after the verdict, Rahul Gandhi had said: "My personal view point on the issue of Sabarimala temple is that men and women are equal. All women should get permission to enter into the temple. However, my party's Kerala units view is that it is a very emotional issue for both men and women.”

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